What James Michael McAdoo needs to improve the most in his game is his pace. As soon as the ball is in his hands, he seemed determined to score no matter what.
I believe a big reason for that mentality was his lack of a post game. When playing strictly a face-up game, as McAdoo did last season, speed is paramount. He had to get to the bucket as quickly as possible to shake off the defenders.
Unfortunately, McAdoo was facing double-teams on the regular, and by the time he got to the basket, there was usually a third defender rolling off the seldom-used Tar Heel centers.
This led to some wild, unbalanced shots in heavy traffic that, at times, looked awful.
That was the main reason for his poor shooting last season. He only shot 44.5 percent from the floor, which is well below par for a post player. He also led the team with 2.7 turnovers per game.
If he managed to bury 50 percent of his shots, McAdoo would have averaged 17.9 points per game instead of 14.4. That's a pretty big jump.
McAdoo will have to develop a back-to-the-basket game to prevent his out-of-control pace. Backing down defenders gives the post time to assess the situation and capitalize on defensive miscues. Not only would he become a more efficient scorer, but he would also be more aware of his open teammates on the perimeter.
When a player is double- and triple-teamed as he was last season, it's pretty safe to say there were some open teammates he could have dished the rock to. Kick-outs are what makes Roy Williams' dual-post system thrive.
McAdoo only averaged 1.1 assists per game last season.
If he develops a strong post game this offseason, you can expect his field-goal percentage and assists to rise while his turnovers should be reduced.